Book Review: Spark

by quillwielder

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Spark by Brigid Kemmerer is the second novel in her elemental series after Storm. Who wouldn’t love four hot brothers with elemental powers?

Where the last book focused on the youngest brother, Chris, Spark is all about broody hot twin Gabriel and his problems with fire.

Check out the synopsis.

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it.And sometimes he can’t. Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it. And no one seems to believe him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance.

Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She  a few of her own. Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

I love Kemmerer’s style of writing switching between the main brother and his love interest, Layne’s,  point of view. It gives you clear insight into what they are feeling without having to share it with each other, which is what really drives it all. You watch these two fumble around hiding their secrets and misinterpreting each other, wishing they would just tell the truth to set it straight.

I loved Chris’ character in the last book, Storm, and now I love Gabriel too. (I always loved Nick, but that’s because he’s clearly the best brother and better get his own book.) Gabriel is full of anger and confusion. He’s pushing people away including his twin and he just doesn’t know why. He’s complicated and isn’t that really what all girls love? A bad boy with issues.

The story is full of action, mystery and romance. Kemmerer definitely keeps you guessing throughout the story, wondering what’s going on and if Gabriel will ever work out his issues and stop lashing out. You grow with these characters and feel for them. You’re fighting by their side and cheering them on.

I like that it continues on from the last book too, so you still have the issues from Storm which play a more subtle role but are still important.

Spark is definitely, as is Storm, a book worth the read if you love Paranormal Romance that is original and holds you from start to finish. I can’t wait for book three Spirit starring Hunter, and hopefully a Nick themed book in the future.

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